Agenda tribute and premiers walk back to the dark arts.
Recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chaired the meetings of the first ministers, who were mostly sweet and light, even though he accepted the climate change agenda at his first summit in 2015.
Now this is a grumpy Confederate.
Almost every premiere wants something, he's upset about something or he's blaming Mr. Trudeau for not intervening in the state's problems.
The four states are now against Mr. Trudeau's carbon tax. Rachel Notley, Alberta Premier, wants Ottawa to raise billions to cover the cost of the 7,000 wagons it is planning to buy to buy more oil on the market. He and Saskatchewan's Scott Moe demanded the warring oil sector and the damage to their economies was especially on the agenda. Everybody wants money. And Doug Ford of Ontario doesn't want Mr. Trudeau to set the agenda.
On Thursday morning, Mr. Ford's office announced the premiere of Ontario on Friday if the premieres were scheduled to begin negotiations with a dinner in Montreal on that evening, particularly in the case of Ottawa's absence. For example, there are provinces with cost for the impending closure of provinces asylum seekers and the GM facility. Mr. Ford did not want to lecture by federal ministers;
And so the political theater of the first ministers' meetings returned.
When Jean Chrétien became prime minister, then-Alberta premier Ralph Klein departed early, regularly, often expressing a disappointment. Quebec's Québécois premiere always ate a beef. Many premieres regularly demanded Ottawa's priorities to be put on the agenda.
This Prime Minister is not accustomed to it. Stephen Harper did not have many first ministers' meetings, and Mr. Trudeau campaigned to do something again. Now he has to face a room with a premiere against him for various reasons.
Mrs. Notley is usually one of Mr. Trudeau's closest allies, but it is not good for her with a provincial election in May or the oil spill and bitumen bubble that has caused economic deterioration in Alberta. He wants Ottawa to do more. Therefore, Mr. and Mr. Moe asked the oil industry issues to have their place on the meeting agenda.
Mr. Ford, Mr. Moe, and New Brunswick's new Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs joined the same case against Mr. Trudeau's carbon tax. The three of them acted as allies as they came.
But the Ontario Premier was trying to do more than that – a general uprising of Mr. Trudeau.
This is not about the agenda. A tribune game to send a simple sign that Trudeau disagrees with their priorities.
Heads, of course, do not have to sit and listen if they want to talk. Mr Ford complained about the federal ministers who gave the conference because three Finance Ministers, Bill Morneau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc began to speak. However, the 10-minute PowerPoint presentations failed to dominate the seven-hour meetings.
The official agenda has two hours and 45 minutes for economic issues – even if Ottawa is called “trade diversity, clean growth and economic competitiveness Resmi. One hour left for a round table where the prime ministers could increase everything they wanted.
Never mind. The official agenda was not. The point was to choose the people's struggle with Mr. Trudeau on priorities.
If Mr. Ford tried to stage a boycott, he would never find the unity of a premiere at the back – but Ontario Premier's staff said he might still be on Thursday evening.
Mr. Moe would not fly to Montreal and would not return due to the expressions of the agenda. ”I don't think it's important at this point,“ he said. No matter what he said, he did his point. ”I have voice,“ he said. "I'll use it."
Mr. Ford has a voice. But it wouldn't be heard behind closed doors. Pushing back against Mr. Trudeau was seen in public. In general, Mr. Trudeau is looking at a number of premieres that don't want to let him adjust the tone.